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Iowa's Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly to 3.1 Percent

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.1 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in March.

“Unemployed Iowans continued to leave the labor force in March,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “The reduction in Iowa's total labor force represents a smaller pool of qualified applicants and is making it difficult for businesses to fill positions. Total nonfarm employment showed little hiring among Iowa businesses this month resulting in a net decline in jobs.”
  
The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 51,900 in March from 53,800 in February. The current estimate is 12,100 lower than the year ago level of 64,000.

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,640,200 in March. This figure was 500 higher than February and 2,900 higher than one year ago.  

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LaHood ready for comprehensive tax reform

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood is ready for comprehensive tax reform and that includes doing away with the “death tax”.

And LaHood says the Republican led House plan also calls for reducing the corporate tax rate from 35-percent to 20-percent.

On the personal side, the plan would reduce seven tax brackets down to three. The Trump administration wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15-percent. 

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Won't Vote for Spending Plant with Boarder Wall Funding

A Friday deadline is looming in Washington D.C. to keep funds flowing to government agencies. US Senator Dick Durbin says that the message from Democrats is clear, stay away from funding a boarder wall and make sure Americans keep their health care funding.

The President has appeared to back away from finding funding for the board wall in the current government spending plan.

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Insurance Legislation Passes Illinois House

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White commended the Illinois House for passing legislation his office initiated which will modernize the state’s mandatory insurance verification program while adhering to national standards designed to streamline the process.

 

“My office has led the effort to establish and implement an electronic vehicle insurance policy verification program,” said White. “This program will better ensure that registered motorists have and maintain automobile insurance policies.”

 

House Bill 2610, sponsored by state Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago), establishes an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification program that follows national standards established by the Insurance Industry Committee on Motor Vehicle Administration. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

Beginning in 2019, vehicle owners’ automobile insurance will be verified at least twice a calendar year at random intervals in order to ensure that vehicle owners are complying with the state’s mandatory auto liability insurance laws.

 

Insurance companies will work in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s office to electronically verify that motorists in question have insurance. If electronic verification is unsuccessful, the Secretary of State’s office will follow up with a written request to the vehicle owner giving them the opportunity to prove they have insurance before suspending the vehicle owner’s registration.

 

White’s office chaired the Uninsured Motorist Verification Advisory Committee that worked in concert with insurance companies, traffic safety advocates and members of the General Assembly. The task force reviewed best practices and helped provide the guidelines used to establish legislation and program requirements.

 

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QC Mallards To Host Equipment Sale

The Quad City Mallards’ annual end-of-season equipment sale will open exclusively to Mallards season ticket holders Thursday and to the general public Friday and Saturday in the iWireless Center lobby, the Mallards announced today. 

The sale will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. for season ticket holders on Thursday and will be open to all from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
 
An array of items will be on sale with prices ranging from $10 for autographed name plates and signed pucks to $350 for game-worn Mallards jerseys.

Also among the autographed items available are sticks, helmets, gloves and both game-worn and game-ready jerseys. A wide selection of used equipment- including helmets, pants, gloves and elbow pads- will also be on sale at a significant discount during this once-a-year event.

Mallards 2017 Equipment Sale
Thursday, April 27, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.*
Friday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*- exclusive to season ticket holders

Mallards 2017-18 season tickets are now available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.
  

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Authorities Seek Suspect

 

On January 19, 2017 at approximately 6:55 a.m., the Rock Island Fire and Police Departments responded to 3705 9th Street in reference to an un-responsive 44 year old male.  The victim, Adam J. Verdick, was found to be deceased upon arrival.

 

A subsequent investigation by the Rock Island Police Department and the Rock Island County Coroner’s office has resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Charlonda M. Crittenden, D.O.B. 8/29/74, who is wanted on the following charges:

 

Ct. 1   Drug Induced Homicide                           Class X Felony

Ct. 2   Unlawful Delivery of Controlled Substance   Class 2 Felony

 

Bond has been set at $250,000 (10% applies) for Crittenden who is currently not in custody. 

 

Anyone with  information related to the whereabouts of Crittenden is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.   Do not attempt to apprehend a fugitive on your own.

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New Festival, Alternating Currents, Announced

Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is excited to announce the inaugural Alternating Currents festival; the two-day event will take place the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26, replacing River Roots Live.

Throughout the weekend, a dozen venues across downtown will host a wide variety of live music, film screenings, comedians, and visual artists.  Over 50 national and regional acts, big and small, will perform throughout the festival. Patrons will be encouraged to travel from venue to venue and explore all downtown has to offer.

“We’re excited to bring a modern and popular festival model to downtown Davenport and the Quad Cities,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.  “From national artists at the Adler Theatre, to film screenings and up-and-coming comedians and bands, we’ll have a little something for everyone.”
The lineup for the event will be announced at a later date this spring; however, DDP is already busy planning in conjunction with a unique group of local talent.   Some key “do-ers” in the creative community were tapped to help curate the festival and bring an inclusive and unique vantage point.

Sean Moeller, Moeller Nights; Kate Dale, River Music Experience; Benjamin Crabb, Daytrotter; Cory Ewing, Flood 93 Radio; and Rick Palmer, Adler Theatre, will serve as a brain trust behind the musical aspect of the festival.  Joshua Ford, Ford Photography; and Harry Walker; En Media Res, are teaming up to lead film screenings. Dan Bush, Analog Arcade Bar & Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel ; and Andrew King, The After Hour; are gearing up to help curate laughs for the weekend. 

“We’re excited that festival goers will be given the opportunity to explore venues and businesses that maybe they’ve never been to before.” said Kate Dale, Director of Entertainment, River Music Experience. “The music scene in the Quad Cities is growing at a rapid pace, and we feel lucky to be a part of it.”

Mary Talbert of Crafted QC and a team of “makers” will host “OMG Becky Fest”, a handmade/vintage craft festival, in conjunction with Alternating Currents, as well.  Local arts organizations including the Figge Art Museum, Quad-City Arts, and Midcoast will be tapped to provide a hand for the visual arts component, too.

“Alternating Currents supports the regional Q2030 initiative and is an evolution of River Roots Live,” said Jason Gilliland, Director of Events, DDP.   “This style of festival, similar to that of SXSW (Austin, TX) and Mile of Music (Appleton, WI), is an exciting result of the vibrant creative scene already growing in downtown and the Quad Cities region.”

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ISP And Child Abuse

The month of April is noted as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and unfortunately, child abuse takes on many forms.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says he was recently called on to deliver an address about human and sex trafficking and he was taken by surprise by what he found…

Trooper Wilson says from there, it was one unbelievable story after the next…

Trooper Wilson also found that unknowing victims are snapped up off the street often times before they know what has happened…

Trooper Wilson advises the general public to find out more about this subject on their own and become more aware of the problem…

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Family Music Weekend Saturday and Sunday


Looking for a family event that will add culture to your weekend – without straining your wallet? On April 29 and 30, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will hold its Family Music Weekend 2017. The weekend will include a Family Music Carnival, a Family Concert, the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs) Side-by-Side Concert, and the Community Wide Side-by-Side Concert.

According to Mark Russell Smith, QCSO Music Director and Conductor, the Side-by-Side performances benefit community participants. “It is a unique opportunity for non-professional musicians to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra,” he said. “There is so much about music and orchestra playing that can be learned nonverbally, and sitting in the midst of the incredible organism that is the symphony orchestra is a thrilling proposition – for professional and non-professional alike.”

 

Family Music Carnival

According to Benjamin Loeb, Executive Director of the QCSO, the weekend will feature their second annual Family Music Carnival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 in the Great River Hall of the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. This free family event for all ages will include games and activities, and a community performance stage will be running all day.

“I’m really excited to present the Dr. Seuss reading marathon, sponsored by Rotary Club of Davenport and Community Health Inc.,” Loeb said. “All of the children’s books of Dr. Seuss will be read and livestreamed on Facebook. What better way to enjoy the magical rhymes of Dr. Seuss!”

Fun Zone activities at the carnival will include:

· Scholastic Book Fair.

· Livestream Marathon Reading of Dr. Seuss children's books. Individual book reading sponsorships are available, and all proceeds support the QCSO Private Lesson Program.

· Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from Grigg's Music and West Music.

· Monster Piano from the Family Museum.

· Musical Plants with the Quad City Botanical Center.

· Other fun musical and literary activities.

The Silver Event Sponsor is BITCO Insurance Companies.

In the addition to those events, the QCSO will hold a raffle and the first prize will be a 49-book set collection of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books.

The Dr. Seuss Marathon at the event reflects a welcome return to the age-old tradition of storytelling. “In the age of social media, I believe we are all storytellers of our own experiences,” said Marc Zyla, QCSO Director of Education and Community Engagement. “There is something for everyone during our Family Music Weekend.”

 

Family Concert: Dr. Seuss!

Also taking place this weekend is the QCSO’s second annual Family Concert. Two classic tales, The Sneetches and Green Eggs and Ham, will come to life in Family Concert: Dr. Seuss! This magical event will be held 2:30 p.m., April 29, at the Adler Theatre.

These fantastical tales are animated by stage actors, video, and narration, and set to the full symphonic sounds of the QCSO. “For children, it’s extremely important for them to be exposed to all kinds of music,” Zyla said. “It helps to foster a level of creativity and curiosity that can open a world of possibilities to a young person.”

The Sneetches tells a story of class and prejudice within a community of whimsical yellow bird-people. The Star-Belly Sneetches must learn to accept the Plain-Belly Sneetches after a stranger with a bizarre machine turns their world upside-down. Green Eggs and Ham tells the story of the character Sam-I-Am, who pesters a friend to try a most unusual dish.

Family Concert: Dr. Seuss! is conducted by Benjamin Klemme and performed by Iowa natives Michael Boudewyns and Kimberly Schroeder of the performing company, Really Inventive Stuff. Family Concert: Dr. Seuss! is sponsored by the John Deere Foundation and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

“It is an incredible privilege to work with the amazing musicians of the QCSO to present our annual Family Concerts,” said Benjamin Klemme, QCSYEs Music Director and QCSO Associate Conductor. “For many young listeners, this is their first opportunity to hear a live, professional orchestra. In addition to two of Dr. Seuss’ most celebrated tales, the concert will also include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise, from Eugene Onegin.”

 

QCSYEs Side-By-Side

At 3 p.m. April 30, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the QCSYEs will perform on the same stage at the fourth annual QCSYEs Side-By-Side concert at the Adler Theatre, RiverCenter. Over 150 musicians will play together under the direction of Mark Russell Smith. All five QCSYEs Ensembles will perform.

“QCSYEs membership includes the most talented student musicians from throughout the Quad Cities, as well as communities – such as Iowa City, West Liberty, Muscatine, Clinton, and Geneseo – throughout southeast Iowa and northwest Illinois,” said Klemme. “I am constantly awestruck by the musical achievements of my students.”

Klemme added that the concert will culminate in a joint performance by the QCSO and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. “The program also includes a solo performance by the 2016-2017 QCSYEs Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner,” he said. “Claire Thomsen is an 11th grade flutist at Pleasant Valley High School and will perform the first movement of Ibert’s Flute Concerto with the QCSO and Mark Russell Smith.”

“For the 2016-2017 QCSYEs season, we had a membership of 270 students from the Quad Cities and the surrounding areas,” said Montana Farrell, QCSYEs General Manager. “Members in our ensembles range from second grade to seniors in high school. We have four youth orchestras and a youth choir. Our Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra comprised of nearly 100 members. Auditions for QCSYEs membership are open to all students.”

 

Community Wide Side-by-Side

At 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30, the Community Wide Side-by-Side (CWSxS) will be held at the Great River Hall, RiverCenter. Last year, the QCSO had 226 participants in their efforts to assemble the largest orchestra the QC had ever seen. Join the QCSO this year as they bring back the Big Bang Orchestra to make it larger than ever before. They will be playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture under the direction of Mark Russell Smith. CWSxS sign up is available on www.qcso.org.

While the 1812 Overture usually features resounding blasts, audience members won’t have to worry about flying cannonballs. “Sorry, no cannons inside the RiverCenter!” Smith said. “We’ll probably use either a very big bass drum, or possibly a virtual version.”

The 1812 Overture was selected because it is a Quad-Cities favorite. “It is important to pick a piece that everyone knows and loves – a piece that Quad City audiences hear each year at Riverfront Pops, and a piece that is playable and makes sense for such large forces,” said Smith. “This is an incredibly fun event for all of us, and I look forward to seeing the biggest orchestra ever!”

Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickets are available at the QCSO Box Office at 327 Brady St., Davenport. You can also call the QCSO at (563) 322-7276 or visit www.qcso.org.

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Wrigley Field's rural Illinois roots

A local history lesson shows that one of the state’s most noted sports landmarks has roots in rural Illinois. Bricks used in the construction of Wrigley Field in 1914 were produced at the shuttered Shale City Brickyards—located in an unincorporated area of Mercer County—south of the Quad Cities. That’s a pretty neat connection to Clark and Addison says the Mercer County Historical Society’s Stephanie Braucht (brought).

The Shale City Brickyards were open from 1912 through 1969. They were a big employer and a major player in brick production.

Braucht says bricks used in the construction of New York’s Empire State Building also came from Shale City. The brickyards closed in 1969 when the parent company—Hydraulic Press Brick Company of St. Louis—decided upgrades were too expensive and moved production elsewhere. 

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Gardening Prep Tips

It’s that time of the year when many gardeners are beginning to stir after a long winters nap.

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Martha Smith says now is a good time to get ready for the gardening season…

Ms. Smith cautions against tilling or turning the garden if the soil is too wet…

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ISP: Distracted Driving Week

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski announces they will be participating in the inaugural “Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.”  Troopers will be giving special attention to distracted driving laws the week of April 24‑28.  A press conference Monday, April 24, at the Illinois State Capitol will kick off the campaign. 

Illinois Distracted Driving laws have been in effect for seven years.  Motorists need to be aware of the laws and obey them. This is not just to avoid getting a ticket, but to avoid causing an injury or fatal crash.

The use of wireless telephones for all drivers, regardless of age, while operating a vehicle in a school zone or construction zone is prohibited.  Also, the use of electronic communication devices or any other electronic device, to text, e-mail, compose, read or send electronic messages or access internet sites while driving a motor vehicle is prohibited.  Violating Illinois’ texting law can be costly.  A first violation for this offense is $120 and can increase with multiple violations or when a violation occurs in a work or school zone.

Distracted Driving is a nationwide epidemic.  Driver inattention is a factor in more than one million crashes annually, resulting in serious injuries, deaths, and an economic impact that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says reaches nearly $40 billion per year.  Americans spend about one hour and 15 minutes in their vehicles every day. Unfortunately, people often treat this as a time to multitask and take care of other daily activities.  If you’re driving your vehicle, you are already multitasking.  At a minimum you are operating a vehicle at roadway speed, and you are calculating the distances and the navigation of all other drivers and obstacles around you.

 

 

 

 

 

Distracted driving statistics from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety paint a grim picture: In 2015, an estimated 3,477 people were killed.  An additional 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers.  It is clear that distracted driving continues to be a deadly driving hazard.

Texting and driving is a “Choice” that requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.  The ISP asks all motorists to “Drop it and Drive” and focus on the task at hand.

                                                                                                                          

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Infant Immunization Week


    The Henry County Health Department notes that April 22-29, 2017 has been designated National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).  This is a special week put aside to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger.  For 23 years, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, health care professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.

 

    The Health Department staff notes that recently, several important milestones have been reached in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants and adults worldwide.  Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States.  In addition:

 

*  Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.

 

*  In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles.

 

*  Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths.  It also saves about $13.6 billion in direct costs.

 

*  The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.

 

    Sandy Sommer, RN Health Department Director of Clinical Services, notes, "It's easy to think of these diseases as a thing of the past.  But the truth is they still exist.  Children in the United States can, and do, still get some of these diseases.  One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the increase in measles cases and outbreaks that were reported in recent years. In 2014, 644 people in the U.S. were reported as having measles. This is the largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000."

 

    The Health Department Clinical services staff reminds area residents that immunizations can be obtained through the Health Departments' clinic offices in Kewanee and Colona by appointment.  For more information on the Health Departments' Immunization program call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) 852-3115 (Stark) or 792-4011(Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments and Follow Us on Twitter @HenryStarkHD.

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Sunday Fire In Bettendorf

At 8:40 a.m. Sunday, Bettendorf fire was dispatched to a structure fire in the 1100 block of Fairmeadows Drive. When firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed and all occupants were out of the building. The fire was out at 9:22 a.m. Damage was confined to the split level house.

 

Red Cross was call. There were no injuries.

 

No damage estimate at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

No further information at this time.

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Shots Fired in Davenport


On Thursday, April 20 2017 at approximately 11:28PM Davenport Police responded to the area of 3700 Esplanade Ave in reference to a shots fired call. No damage was reported. While officers were enroute Genesis East reported a person with a gunshot wound had arrived at the hospital. A nineteen year old male had suffered a nonlife threatening injury. No arrests have been made. Detectives are conducting follow up to verify a scene and determine if these two incidents are related. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA."

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Regional Media Celebrity Interview Billy Bob Thornton and JD Andrew The Boxmasters

Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton began in the music industry before finding success as an actor. His passion for music has translated recently, for the past 10 years, into work with a band called The Boxmasters. Influenced by the music of the British Invasion and driven by the notion of music driven by that style of jangly guitar and storytelling lyrics, The Boxmasters are celebrating 10 years with a new record and tour each called Teasurfing. I spoke with Billy Bob Thornton and JD Andrew as part of our Regional Media Celebrity interview series.

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ISP And Distracted Driving

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month the Moline Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked the Governor of the State of Illinois to declare April 24th through 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with driving distracted.  Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week. 

 

The ILACP, in  partnership with the Moline Police Department, AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving.  This campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

 

●      3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

●      10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.

●      Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving - the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 

●      In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.

●      Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.

●      Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 

These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Moline Police Department, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

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Late Night OREP Patrols

– Illinois State Police (ISP) District 07 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Rock Island County during April.  These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

Violations

Enforcement Activity

Safety Belt Citations

30

Child Restraint Citations

1

Total Citations

47

Total Written Warnings

14

 

 

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices.  These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law.  Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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National Distracted Drivers Month

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month the Moline Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked the Governor of the State of Illinois to declare April 24th through 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with driving distracted.  Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week. 

The ILACP, in  partnership with the Moline Police Department, AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving.  This campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

● 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
● 10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.
● Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving - the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 
● In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.
● Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.
● Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 
These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Moline Police Department, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

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Davenport Junior Theatre Close to Renovation Goal

After 36 years, Davenport Junior Theatre’s Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander Theatre is on course for key renovations this September. Over the last six weeks, the non-profit Junior Theatre Inc has been attempting to raise $40,000 by the end of April 30. The goal is now within site. “We have 10 days left to raise $10,000,” said DJT’s Board President and alum, Kristin Meyer. “Our ask to the
public began in mid-March. With over 250 individual donations thus far, we believe we will reach that goal.People have believed in this program for over 60 years and we believe we will be around for another 60.”The donor base has varied widely. Some larger donations have come in from the likes of alumni Jim McCoy giving $2,000 and Broadway and Las Vegas director Phil McKinley giving $1,000. However, the majority have been smaller donations. One donation was from 6 year old Junior Theatre student Tanner Rieck, who donated $40 of his own birthday money.
“It was his idea,” said Megan Rieck, Tanner’s Mother and DJT alum. “He loves going to class at Junior Theatre and seeing the shows on the Mainstage. It meant a lot for him to help.”
“No donation is too small,” said DJT’s Artistic Director and alum, Daniel Sheridan. “We are aiming to replace the theatre seats, install new carpet, repaint the interior, repair subflooring, improve ADA access and more. We’ve made great use of this space over the last few decades. We pride ourselves in making our resources last. The time has come to ensure the theatre is in good working order for future generations of students and community groups who use the space.”
The City of Davenport Parks & Recreation Department approached Junior Theatre Inc. with a proposal. The City would pledge $70,000 to renovate the space if Junior Theatre Inc. could leverage the remaining $80,000-$90,000. However, enough of the funds must be raised for the project by the end of April in order to complete the renovation on time in September 2017.
“We couldn’t say no,” said Meyer. “We knew it would be a challenge, but we believed we could make this happen by seeking support from grant agencies, local businesses and DJT’s long history of alumni.” To date, the organization has received a $30,000 grant from the Scott Country Regional Authority and about $30,000 in donations. They also received a Q2030 grant from the Community Foundation of the Great Riverbend. “We may end up having to raise a bit more than $40,000,” said Sheridan. “But reaching the current goal by the end of April ensures we can schedule the project with contractors now to stay on schedule.”ComedySportz Quad Cities will be teaming up with DJT for a special fundraiser on Thursday, April 27 at Junior Theatre. Starting at 7pm, a group of ComedySportz performers will square off against a team of Junior Theatre
teachers. There is no admission cost. The audience is simply asked to make a donation to the program.Daniel Sheridan is a former ComedySportz player from 1999-2005. He will perform in the upcoming show.“It’s been a longtime since I took the stage in much of anything,” said Sheridan. “But when ComedySportz called to challenge our program to a head-to-head improvisation match to raise money for the theatre, how could I say now? Hopefully the rust falls off fast when we do the show.” Bonnie Guenther, former DJT program director from 1990-2005, began her involvement with DJT back in the 1960’s. Mrs. Guenther was instrumental in the fundraising campaign to find a home for Junior Theatre. “From 1951-1981, Junior Theater moved about 15 different times,” said Guenther. “We were blessed to find a home at the Wittenmyer Complex thanks to the hard work of so many. The renovation today is needed as the usage of this public building has increased over the years – just as predicted when the original fund drive started.”
In 2008, the program saw annual enrollment of about 400. In 2017, the program is on course to see over 1,700 enrolments with kids from over 25 different QC region cities and towns. Over 15 different organizations utilize the theatre for events today, including Ballet Quad Cities, Bucktown Revue, Sacred City Church, Miss Iowa Events, Hispanic Flamenco Ballet, among many others.
“Mary (Nighswander), our founder, would be very proud that DJT has not been content to stay the way she left it,” said Meyer. “She would be excited to see more options for the kids to experience all aspects of theatre. She would applaud that DJT always seeks ways to serve more kids, ensuring they are challenged to grow in presenting ever more professional productions and building skills to last a lifetime.” “I am extremely proud of the students and the families that I worked so closely with when I was allowed to nurture the program over the decades,” added Guenther. “The theatre continues with my former students as supervisors, mentors, teachers and technical staff. I am proud to see them not only at Junior Theatre, but spread across America
serving their communities. In this rapidly changing world we live in – new methods, advanced technologies, and extreme world conditions – basic principles of speech and conversation needs to be nurtured in every child. Junior Theatre has always accomplished just that.” Junior Theatre Inc is reaching out to the community at large for support. Contributions may be mailed to Davenport Junior Theatre or made online at the DJT website. Junior Theatre Inc is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. Founded in 1951, Davenport Junior Theatre is the nation’s second-oldest children’s theatre. Classes and camps are offered year-round in theatre and dance for students ages three to eighteen. Classes are as varied as acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and theatrical design. In the quickly-growing dance division – which is only six years old – young dancers learn poise, confidence and healthy body image while having fun and making friends in a non-competitive dance environment. DJT also holds a Spectrum Theatre program, serving youth on the autism spectrum or any challenge that may inhibit communication. Through all these opportunities, DJT prepares kids for a lifetime of success, no matter what path their lives may take. For additional interviews with DJT students, staff or board members, please contact
 

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IL Home Prices Up In Feb

Median home prices in Illinois rose 6.3 percent in February over previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased 2.8 percent for the same period, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in February 2017 totaled 8,461 homes sold, down 2.8 percent from 8,704 in February 2016.

The statewide median price in February was $170,000, up 6.3 percent from February 2016, when the median price was $160,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Inventories plummeted in February, no doubt frustrating some potential buyers but creating opportunities for the sellers who did have properties on the market,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills. “As we move into the spring, more properties should come on the market, but it will take some time for supply and demand to find equilibrium.”

The time it took to sell a home in February averaged 74 days, down from 81 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 51,227 homes for sale, a 14.9 percent decline from February 2016 when there were 60,168 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.17 percent in February 2017, an increase from 4.15 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In February 2016 it averaged 3.66 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2017 totaled 5,891 homes sold, down 5.2 percent from February 2016 sales of 6,214 homes. The median price in February 2017 was $210,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 12.0 percent from $187,500 in February 2016.

“Prices continue to move in a positive direction,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “While consumer confidence reflects optimism about the economy, the housing inventory continues to shrink suggesting that while more optimistic, many homeowners are not yet tempted enough to consider moving to a larger or more expensive home.”

According to the data, forty-six (46) Illinois counties reported sales gains for February 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Rock Island County, up 74.3 percent with 122 units sold; Peoria County, up 13.0 percent with 148 units sold; and Kane County, up 0.3 percent with 385 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Lake County, up 28.0 percent to $215,000; Cook County, up 10.5 percent to $210,000; and McLean County, up 6.0 percent to $158,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.0 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in February 2017 with 1,505 sales, down from 1,567 in February 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in February 2017 was $246,000, up 4.2 percent compared to February 2016 when it was $236,000.            

“We’re in an active home sales environment,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “We are seeing listings offered in advance of the spring market, with condos, in particular, benefitting from increased consumer confidence. The recent announcement of a rate hike, plus the hot stock market and higher wages, heralds an increase in home prices and a rapid decline in market time in the months to come.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of March 13, 2017 for the period Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

(Note: Due to technical difficulties the housing reports were compiled on March 13 instead of March 7).

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        

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Well Child Clinics


    The Henry County Health Department reminds area residents of their Well-Child Clinic program.   Clinics services are offered in our Kewanee Offices, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and our Colona location at 103 1st St. Colona, IL.

 

    Through their Well-Child clinic the Department hopes that by offering comprehensive health services to area children today; health problems will be prevented in the future.

 

    Clinic services include: periodic "head to toe" well-child exams for children from birth to age 20; hemoglobin tests, blood lead screenings, immunizations, developmental screenings, and counseling and referral.

 

    The services of the well-child clinics are available to all area residents.  The clinic will accept medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.

 

    For more information or to make an appointment for the Health Department's Well-Child clinic, call the Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com

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IL Women To March On Springfield

 

Almost 100 organizations and dozens of politicians have endorsed the Illinois Women March on Springfield event Tuesday, April 25. Coming the first day that legislators are back to work for the final weeks of the Spring session, the march is focused on dozens of progressive bills, and the passing of a responsible budget in Illinois.

The day begins at Noon with a rally at the Lincoln Statue outside the Capitol Building. Among the scheduled speakers are elected officials and constituents impacted by legislation being proposed. Speakers include State Comptroller Susana Mendoza; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.; state Sens. Mattie Hunter and Heather Steans; state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz, Litesa Wallace, Kelly Cassidy and Will Guzzardi; Khadine Bennett of the ACLU; Planned Parenthood’s Brigid Leahy; William McNary of Citizen Action Illinois; Maaria Mozaffar from CAIR-Chicago; and Alice Johnson of the Illinois Nurses Association.

Following the rally there will be a march around the Capitol Complex, and then lobbying inside. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a final rally in the rotunda, with speakers including gubernatorial candidates Sen. Daniel Biss, Ald. Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker.

Deborah Lane, a union leader with Amalgamated Transit Unit 241/308, will be the featured singer at both events.

The list of bills people can choose to lobby state reps and senators on include women’s health and choice, labor issues including the Fight for $15, protecting childcare and homecare programs, immigration, homelessness, criminal legal reform, the environment, LGBTQ, gun safety efforts, healthcare, economics, education, the ERA and passing a responsible budget in Illinois.

The complete agenda, with more bills expected, is available on the March website:
 http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org

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New Online Conservation Tool Works for Illinois Farmers

Have you heard about the new online conservation option that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) keeps talking about? State and national NRCS leaders met recently to discuss use and adoption of the new Conservation Client Gateway. According to State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “This is a 21st Century business option designed to help farmers save time and improve efficiency. This tool will improve farmer’s ability to get things done when they need it done.”

So what IS this new tool? It’s called the Conservation Client Gateway, or CCG. CCG provides farmers and private landowners access to a secure website where they can pull up conservation plans, review or amend application paperwork, digitally sign documents, or check on payments. The number of farmers creating these accounts nationwide is still growing. Initial CCG service worked on PCs but now supports use and access on smart phones and tablets, saving more valuable time.

NRCS staff and technical specialists have worked one-on-one with farmers for more than 80 years; that will never change. According to NRCS District Conservationist in Champaign and Vermilion Counties Adam Wyant, “Many farmers who use CCG accounts still regularly pick up the phone to call us or stop by the office if they have a question. But they use the Gateway to quickly sign a document or check on a payment.”

Conservation Client Gateway is a digital tool that offers another way to communicate and work with NRCS. It won’t ever replace NRCS’ technical staff or eliminate the need to come out, visit with farmers, walk the land and discuss issues and solutions that fit each individual farm. According to a recent data analysis, Illinois has the most farmers who are actually using CCG to get things done with their conservation programs and practices.

Carl Clark is a third generation farmer growing corn and soybeans on 1,400 acres in Vermilion County. Clark signed up for CCG in 2016 and he’s glad he opened an account. “It’s a 35-minute trip into Danville from my farm. I don’t always have time for those trips,” says Clark. “Using CCG is convenient. I can view things online any time so I don’t have to file it here or try and find it. All my other farm files are digital—it makes conservation compliance easier for me.”

“There aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done around the farm,” Clark explains. “I have lots of different tools that help me get more done every day. That’s what the Conservation Client Gateway portal does for me. It’s a huge time saver and I appreciate that. It saves me from losing half a day driving all around--that makes me more efficient.”

It means something to Clark that a federal government agency like NRCS is working hard to meet farmers where they are technologically and to make things easier by embracing new technology. Wyant works with Clark who is using the Conservation Stewardship Program. “He can easily pull up his plan or his contract to check on things or verify dates and deadlines. He’s pleased with our new product and like many farmers, he needs this kind of modern convenience and customer service. It helps him run his business,” Wyant says.

Conservation Client Gateway helps NRCS and farmers keep pace with Ag demands and changing technology. The system is now open and functional for entity and partnership farms, as well as individuals. But farmers can’t use CCG services until they go online, sign up, and create an account. Once farmers create an account, they need to use it—or log in every couple of months—to keep the account active.

NRCS office staff will help farmers set up their new accounts and learn how to use the site. NRCS helps farmers and helps the land. CCG helps farmers do more conservation business with less time, trouble, and fuel. Dozier encourages farmers to sign up for CCG, “So when you’re super busy and you really need it, you’ll be able to.” Visit the local office today or go online and sign-up at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/cgate/.
 

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House File 572


Governor Terry Branstad signed into law on Thursday House File 572, which changes the membership structure of the Iowa Workforce Development Board.

 

The legislation brings the board structure into compliance with the requirements outlined by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA, which was signed into law in July of 2014, is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.

 

Under the law, the board’s voting membership will include 17 business members, four labor members, two representatives of community-based organizations, one representative of a Registered Apprenticeship Program, representatives from Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Department for the Blind and Iowa Department of Education, the Governor, a state senator, a state representative and two local elected officials. The board also includes 13 non-voting members from various stakeholders.

 

Diverse geographic areas of the state, including urban, rural and suburban, will be represented by the board.

 

Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, said the new board structure aligns with WIOA requirements and positions Iowa to meet the workforce challenges facing the state, now and in the future.

 

“Creating a board structure that includes a majority of business representatives provides Iowa with critical insights and perspectives into future workforce needs,” Director Townsend said. “The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support for moving to a business driven model to address workforce issues that will position Iowa to maximize its ability to meet the Future Ready Iowa goal of having 70 percent of Iowans with postsecondary education and training by 2025.”

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Wal-Mart Seeking Illinois Entrepreneurs

 Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking for Illinois entrepreneurs to pitch their made in the USA products to the company’s buyers in a daylong event at Walmart’s global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 28, 2017.

 

Registration is open at walmart-jump.com until May 18.

 

Walmart buyers are looking to make deals of varying sizes, from supplying products to a handful of local stores to supplying hundreds or thousands of stores, Sam’s Club locations and Walmart.com.

 

Businesses across the country have products featured in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com as a result of presentations of their products. One of these businesses is Illinois-based Bullibone Products, a small business that creates long-lasting nylon dog chews available in-store and on Walmart.com.

 

“I go into a Walmart store just so I can see our product hanging up there and it just gives you chills,” said LeeBob Willingham, Founder of Bullibone Products. “I got an invitation to present to Walmart. A couple months later, I get an email that says, ‘Congratulations! You’re going in 3,880 stores.’ It’s no feeling like I’ve ever had.”

 

“We are excited to once again invite businesses from all 50 states to meet with Walmart buyers who have one goal in mind: to buy more American products for our stores, clubs and Walmart.com,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of U.S. Manufacturing. “By investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our shelves that our customers want and new jobs to our communities. Increasing domestic manufacturing will help create additional jobs in the U.S., and that's good for American businesses.”

 

In January 2013, Walmart committed to American renewal by announcing it intends to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative.

 

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Davenport Alderman Admits to Lying to Grand Jury, Faces Potential Prison Sentence

Davenport 3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom has admitted to lying to a Grand Jury trying the case of a former housemate. In an appearance in court Tuesday morning, the soon to be former Alderman admitted he lied in testimony in the trial of Gage Wenthe, a former housemate. When asked during Grand Jury testimony in July of 2016 whether Mr. Boom was aware that Wenthe had used methamphetimine prior to his arrest and charge in April of 2016, Boom said he was not aware. Boom went on to say that he did not give money to another defendent, Joseph Allen Terry, who is awaiting sentencing on a drug related conviction. As part of a plea agreement, Boom admitted that he was aware of Wenthe's past use of Methamphetimine and that he had given money to Terry. Wenthe is currently serving a 10 year sentence for his drug conviction. Mr. Boom faces the possibility of up t0 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine. 

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Rent A Bike, Explore The Riverfront


Take advantage of the warm weather, and rent a bicycle to explore the riverfront trails in the Quad Cities area.

 

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) has now started its 14th season of bicycle rentals.  Bicycles can be rented from the Visitor Center at Union Station, 102 S. Harrison in downtown Davenport, Iowa; and the Visitor Center & Gift Shop, 1601 River Drive in downtown Moline, Illinois.  These centers are both located right on the bike paths. 

 

Bikes can be rented by the hour or by the day.  Fees are: $8.00 hourly, $28 half-day, $40 full-day.  Different sizes and kids’ bikes are available and each rental comes with a helmet, lock, and a bottle of water.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

“The bike paths are an excellent way to explore both sides of the river in the Quad Cities,” says Jessica Waytenick, QCCVB Public Relations & Marketing Manager.  “Currently, we are the only organization renting bicycles in the Quad Cities.”  The QCCVB partners with TREK Bicycle Store in Davenport on this program. 

 

There are many trails to choose from, such as the 60-mile long Great River Trail in Illinois or the 10.5 mile-long Duck Creek Trail in Iowa.  Biking around the Quad Cities is a great way to become associated with venues in the area or just to see the beautiful scenery.

 

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

 

Moline Visitor Center

    1601 River Drive, downtown Moline, IL

     Hours: M-F 8:30 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-4 pm (May 6-27); Sat. 9 am-4 pm (June-August)

 

Visitor Center at Union Station

   102 S. Harrison, downtown Davenport, IA

    Hours: M-Fri. 10 am-4 pm Sat. 10 am-4 pm (May 6-27); After Memorial Day, M-F 9 am-5 pm; Sat. 9 am-4 pm

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IL DCEO Issues Grants

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure. Forty communities across the state will receive federal funds totaling $15.3 million. These grants will help Illinois’ low-income communities undertake much needed public infrastructure projects such as water, sanitary system and sewer enhancements that become the backbone of future growth and economic development.

CDBG recipients:

Bureau County

Village of Cherry  - $450,000 - Replacement of water mains

Village of Granville - $400,132 – Water treatment plant improvements

Village of Neponset - $341,865 - Water tower rehabilitation

Carroll County

City of Mount Carroll - $110,125 - Sanitary sewer system improvements

Christian County

Village of Kincaid - $304,066 - Target areas sewer main replacements

Cumberland County

City of Neoga - $450,000 - Phase I Water Distribution improvements

Douglas County

City of Arcola - $450,000 - Water distribution improvements

Edgar County

City of Chrisman - $450,000 - Excess flow treatment improvement

Stratton Township - $322,688 - Rural water extension

Edwards County

Village of West Salem - $398,842 - Sewer treatment system improvements

Fayette County and Shelby County

Oconee Township - $450,000 - Water distribution improvements

Franklin County

City of Orient - $237,540 - Rehabilitate 10 municipal sewer pump stations

City of Sesser - $450,000 - Rehabilitation of sanitary sewer trunk line

City of Christopher - $388,493 - Target area sewer main replacements

Fulton County

Village of London Mills - $441,535 - Village-wide water main replacement

Gallatin County

Shawnee Township - $450,000 - Water main extension

Grundy County

Village of South Wilmington - $450,000 - Water tower replacement

Hancock County

City of Warsaw - $417,044 - Sanitary sewer system extension

City of Carthage - $450,000 - New water treatment facility

Hancock County and Henderson County

City of Dallas City - $450,000 – Target repair and replacement of sanitary sewer

Hardin County

City of Rosiclare - $450,000 - Replacement of water main

Johnson County

County of Johnson - $152,333 - East Crossroads water main extension

LaSalle County

City of Streator - $450,000 - Build sanitary and storm sewers

Lawrence County

City of Lawrenceville - $395,820 - Water line replacement along 8th Street

Macoupin County

City of Carlinville - $450,000 - Replace water mains in a target area

Village of Palmyra - $428,000 - Construct 75,000 gallon water storage tank

Village of Modesto - $57,500 - Stormwater drainage improvements

Marshall County

Village of Sparland - $61,521 - Replace sanitary sewer force main

McDonough County

City of Macomb - $450,000 - Water distribution system improvements

Mercer County

Village of New Windsor - $450,000 - LMI Sewer Hook-ups to sewer collection system

Montgomery County

Village of Butler - $446,640 - Target water main replacements

Ogle County

City of Rochelle - $284,652 - Construct sewer lining

Peoria County

Village of Glasford - $450,000 - Sewer system improvements

Perry County

City of Pinckneyville - $364,647 - Sanitary sewer transmission main replacement

Randolph County

Village of Percy - $359,000 - Water main replacement

Shelby County

Village of Findlay - $450,000 - Construct new water tower

Village of Strasburg - $450,000 - Phase II Water Distribution Improvements

Tazewell County

Village of Creve Coeur - $444,500 - South Creve Couer Avenue water main replacement

Williamson County

City of Herrin - $450,000 - Replace lift station, manhole and corresponding pipe

City of Johnston City - $385,547 - Target area sewer main replacements

The CDBG program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Act).  Administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCEO administers the State of Illinois CDBG – Small Cities Program.  State-administered funds are only available to units of general local government (i.e., cities, villages, townships and counties). Municipalities must be 50,000 or less in population and must not be located in an urban county that receives entitlement program funds (there are 42 entitlement communities in Illinois that receive their own allocation of CDBG funds).

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Grassley in Scott County Tomorrow

On Tuesday, April 18, Senator Grassley will be in Davenport for a Q&A with members of the Quad Cities Morning Optimist Club.  Press is welcome to attend, but should notify the club of attendance beforehand.  Senator Grassley will also be available for 15 minutes following the meeting to answer any questions from local press.  Details below.

 

Q&A with the Quad Cities Morning Optimist Club
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. CT
Hickory Garden Restaurant
3311 Hickory Grove Road
Davenport
Open press availability: 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. CT

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IRS Tax Info

The income tax filing deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th and if you haven’t filed yet, the heat is on.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service Office in St Louis says stay cool and just get it done…

Devine says it’s just a matter of following the steps and everything should fall into place…

Devine adds that while many people have not filed yet, there are many that have filed already…

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Ameren Illinois Files For Electric Rate Decrease

 

Ameren Illinois residential customers will pay less for electric delivery service in 2018 under a plan filed today with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The proposal would lower monthly bills for the typical residential customer by approximately $1.70 per month.

 It's the second consecutive rate decrease the company has filed for, and the fifth overall rate decrease proposal since the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) – or Smart Grid Bill – was passed in 2011.

 “Prudent cost management, solid project execution and reduced energy supply costs have enabled us to continue modernizing the electric grid with minimal impact on customer rates,” said Craig Nelson, senior vice president, Regulatory Affairs and Financial Services for Ameren Illinois. “We're pleased to report to the ICC and to our customers that Ameren Illinois electric delivery service rates will go down next year and our combined delivery and supply rates will remain well below the national average.”

 Ameren Illinois expects to invest an additional $128.4 million on electric grid enhancements in 2017. Those project costs, along with other capital improvements of more than $300 million to maintain distribution equipment and install new technology to detect and reduce the frequency of power outages, will be recovered in 2018.

 To date, Ameren Illinois' grid modernization initiatives have resulted in an overall 17% increase in reliability and saved customers an estimated $45 million each year. The company has installed 450,000 electric smart meters at customer premises and plans to add 540,000 more of the two-way devices through the end of 2018. Smart meters provide Ameren Illinois customers with enhanced energy usage data and access to programs to help them save on their energy bills.

 

The Ameren Illinois plan follows the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act, legislation to keep two nuclear facilities in operation, preserve more than 4,000 jobs, and ensure the availability of lower-cost clean energy for consumers. Ameren Illinois projects that stable energy supply, along with stronger energy efficiency programs included in the legislation, will result in a further decrease in customer bills beginning in June of this year.

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Davenport Schools Announces Final Student Attendance Day

Davenport, Iowa-For the third year in a row the Davenport Community School District will not have to make up any snow/inclement weather days at the end of the school year. Since The District will have met the minimum of 1080 hours for the school year, the Board has approved adjusting the 2016-2017 academic calendar  to make Wednesday, May 31, 2017 the last day of the current school year for the students. Since the date falls on a Wednesday, there will be a two-hour early dismissal. 

This early announcement will allow families additional time to plan for the summer holiday.
 

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Car Shows for a Cause

GiGi’s Playhouse Quad Cities, the local Down Syndrome Achievement Center, has been chosen as one of the benefactors for several car shows and cruise-ins here in the Quad Cities area this spring and summer. The Quad Cities Cruisers and the Quad City Camaro Club both chose GiGi’s as one of the charities to support this year.

We invite you to come out and support these events, clubs, and GiGi’s too. Individuals with Down syndrome (kids and adults) rely on GiGi’s Playhouse for free programs and positive support. All funds raised through these events will cover educational, therapeutic and career training programs at GiGi’s Playhouse. All programs are 100% free to Playhouse families.

 
Quad Cities Cruisers Shows/Cruise-Ins benefiting GiGi’s are April 22, June 10, August 12 at South Park Mall.
Quad City Camaro Club Show benefitting GiGi’s is May 20th at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel.

For information on these events and others, please visit http://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities.

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Ameren Illinois Files For Electric Rate Decrease

 

  

 Ameren Illinois residential customers will pay less for electric delivery service in 2018 under a plan filed today with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The proposal would lower monthly bills for the typical residential customer by approximately $1.70 per month.

 It's the second consecutive rate decrease the company has filed for, and the fifth overall rate decrease proposal since the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) – or Smart Grid Bill – was passed in 2011.

 “Prudent cost management, solid project execution and reduced energy supply costs have enabled us to continue modernizing the electric grid with minimal impact on customer rates,” said Craig Nelson, senior vice president, Regulatory Affairs and Financial Services for Ameren Illinois. “We're pleased to report to the ICC and to our customers that Ameren Illinois electric delivery service rates will go down next year and our combined delivery and supply rates will remain well below the national average.”

 Ameren Illinois expects to invest an additional $128.4 million on electric grid enhancements in 2017. Those project costs, along with other capital improvements of more than $300 million to maintain distribution equipment and install new technology to detect and reduce the frequency of power outages, will be recovered in 2018.

 To date, Ameren Illinois' grid modernization initiatives have resulted in an overall 17% increase in reliability and saved customers an estimated $45 million each year. The company has installed 450,000 electric smart meters at customer premises and plans to add 540,000 more of the two-way devices through the end of 2018. Smart meters provide Ameren Illinois customers with enhanced energy usage data and access to programs to help them save on their energy bills.

 

 

The Ameren Illinois plan follows the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act, legislation to keep two nuclear facilities in operation, preserve more than 4,000 jobs, and ensure the availability of lower-cost clean energy for consumers. Ameren Illinois projects that stable energy supply, along with stronger energy efficiency programs included in the legislation, will result in a further decrease in customer bills beginning in June of this year.

 Ameren Illinois files for electric rate decrease

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Scott County Commission Weekend Schedule

 

Waste Commission of Scott County facilities will be open regular hours on Good Friday, April 14, and closed on Saturday, April 15, for the Easter holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, April 17. Waste Commission of Scott County’s facilities include the following:

 

•    Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport
•    Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Davenport
•    Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th Street, Davenport


Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 22

RECORD STORE DAY IS SATURDAY , APRIL 22, 2017.

Join Ragged Records for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!   As always, we will have the best selection of RSD titles this side of the Mississippi and beyond.  We order nearly every title and as many as we can get of those titles.


Ragged Records, located at 418 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa will be open from 9am to 5pm.  We will open promptly at 9:00 am, get in line early for the best chance to get everything on your list.

Early bird customers will receive goodie bags filled with free RSD stuff!

The RSD list: http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

As always with RSD:
- No titles can be held --NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Only 1 of each title per person-- NO EXCEPTIONS.

Live music starts at 9:00 AM:
  9:00 AM - speaking of secrets (QC's Indie pop)
10:00 AM - Dead Forms (QC's, Heavy melodic rock ala Failure)
11:00 AM - The Right Now (Chicago Soul) 
www.therightnow.com 
12:00 PM - Bill MacKay (Chicago guitarist/composer) www.billmackay.com

     (new album out May 5th on Drag City Records
1:00 PM - Archeress (QC's heavy shoegaze)
2:00 PM - Haunter (Iowa City Ambient/Noise/Drone)
3:00 PM - Dog Hairs (QC's Experimental/Ambient )
4:00 PM - inasmuch (QCs Emo/punk)

 

In addition to the RSD releases, Ragged will have 20% off all used merchandise, including LP's, CD's and vintage audio equipment.

Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing located next to Ragged Records will also have an unprecedented 50% off all vintage clothing and accessories.

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Assault At Genesis Update

 

A Crime Stoppers tip helped lead Moline Detectives to the suspect in the robbery. Arrested was Julie Marie Calderon of Port Byron, date of birth 27 November 1965. Julie Marie Calderon has been charged with one count of robbery and two counts of aggravated battery. She is currently in the Rock Island County Jail held on $50,000.00 bond.

 

On April 12th at approximately 2:11 PM a 50 year old female white leaving the Genesis Medical Health Complex, 3900 28th Avenue Moline, was followed from the complex by a female white suspect. When the victim entered her vehicle the

suspect ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries. 

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Woman Robbed and Injured at Genesis Medical Health Complex

On April 12th at approximately 2:11 PM a 50 year old female white leaving the Genesis Medical Health Complex, 3900 28th Avenue Moline, was followed from the complex by a female white suspect. When the victim entered her vehicle the suspect ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries. Surveillance stills from Genesis show the suspect wearing a pink sweater that Detectives recovered from the scene. The suspect left in what appears to be a newer Ford Escape, with the purse. Moline Police need help identifying the suspect who appears to be an older white female. If you can identify this female suspect please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line 309-762-9500. You will remain anonymous and you will receive up to $1000 cash if your information identifies this subject.

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Safe Easter Egg Preparation

With Easter on Sunday and the fact that many people will enjoy Easter Eggs comes the reminder to prepare the eggs as safely as possible.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry County Health Department and she stresses safety and precaution when preparing those eggs…

Ms. Tucker says it is not her goal to make people sick with this information but rather to help people to avoid being sick during the holiday…

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Authorities Investigate Incident At Genesis

 

On April 12th at approximately 2:11 PM a 50 year old female white leaving the Genesis Medical Health Complex, 3900 28th Avenue Moline, was followed from the complex by a female white suspect.

 

When the victim entered her vehicle the suspect ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries.

 

Surveillance stills from Genesis show the suspect wearing a pink sweater that Detectives recovered from the scene. The suspect left in the vehicle believed to be a newer Ford Escape, with the purse.

 

Moline Police need help identifying the suspect who appears to be an older white female.

 

If you can identify this female suspect please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line 309-762-9500. You will remain anonymous and you will receive up to $1000 cash if your information identifies this subject.

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Officials Worried About Opioids

The opioid epidemic continues to run wild throughout the United States and some areas of the country and some have been hit particularly hard,

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says the problem exists right here in our area…

Trooper Wilson adds that he unfortunately has first hand experience in this matter…apr 13

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Thursday Work On Brady Street

 

Due to a water main and line repair, Brady Street will be closed to all traffic between Second and Third streets on Thursday, April 13th.  Crews anticipate repairs will be complete by the end of the day.  The water main will be shut down during this time.  IowaAmerican Water Company is notifying affected property owners.  The RiverCenter parking ramp will still be accessible from Second St.

On Monday, installation of a storm water pipe will require Second Street west of Brady Street to be closed. Westbound traffic on Second will not be permitted through the intersection. Work should be completed by Saturday, April 22.

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COMMISSION FACILITIES OPEN GOOD FRIDAY, CLOSED SATURDAY

Waste Commission of Scott County facilities will be open regular hours on Good Friday, April 14, and closed on Saturday, April 15, for the Easter holiday. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, April 17. Waste Commission of Scott County’s facilities include the following:

•    Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport
•    Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Davenport
•    Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th Street, Davenport

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

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Income Tax Filing Deadline Is Approaching

With less than a week left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can.  More than 4 million taxpayers have already filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million.  Approximately 87% of the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically.  An estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before the April 18th deadline. 

 

Due to streamlined processing improvements, IDOR has reduced average refund wait times to just four weeks, while building upon 2016 anti-fraud efforts that prevented over $20 million from being issued to fraudsters.

 

“Balancing the demand for a speedy refund with protecting Illinois taxpayers against the threat of tax fraud and identity theft has been an ongoing challenge,” said Connie Beard, IDOR Director.  “Thanks to an extensive review by our Account Processing staff during the tax offseason, we have dramatically improved processing operations for the 2017 tax season, allowing us to return tax refund processing times to their historical average, while continuing to fortify security protocols.”

 

In October 2016, IDOR’s Account Processing Administration identified over 68 initiatives to improve and streamline operations in 2017.  Improvements included over 11,000 hours in labor time saved, elimination of non-value processing steps, and over $77,000 in cost savings related to the initiative.  With only 50% currently implemented, efficiencies and savings will continue through calendar year 2017. 

 

For individuals who have yet to file their 2016 tax return, MyTax Illinois, IDOR’s free online account management program, is now accepting Individual Income Tax returns.  Taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 using MyTax Illinois.  Individuals may also utilize MyTax Illinois to make payments; check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refund using Where’s My Refund?; and look up their IL-PIN, estimated tax payments, and 1099-G amounts.  Filing Illinois income taxes electronically and electing direct deposit is still the fastest way to receive a refund. 

 

For the most up-to-date information, forms, schedules, and instructions for the 2017 Illinois Income Tax season, please visit IDOR’s website at: tax.illinois.gov Individuals needing assistance by phone may call IDOR’s telephone assistance hotline at 1-800-732-8866 (Mon – Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm).  Extended hotline hours for the 2016 tax filing season are as follows:April 15 (Saturday) 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 17 (Monday) 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, and April 18(Tuesday) 7:30 am to 7:00 pm. 

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Healthy Happy Families Fun Day Event In Late April

Quad-Cities family members, from preschoolers to grandparents, can have fun and learn about healthy lifestyles at Healthy Happy Families Fun Day, an annual event created to foster community health awareness. This year’s event will feature a table for The Journey from Dude to Dad, www.journey2dad.com – the new Quad-Cities-based blog that pays tributes to new dads and offers support and valuable information.

Healthy Happy Families Fun Day will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL. The event will connect health-conscious area families with vendors who can help them to reach their lifestyle goals. Sponsor tables will be located on the grounds of the Quad City Botanical Center. Admission is free and family members of every age are welcome. The event is sponsored by the Healthy Happy Families Foundation, Mickle Communications, and QC Family Focus.

Features of the event will include bounce houses for kids, healthy snacks, giveaways, and the Child ID Machine, hosted by Thrivent Financial, which will provide parents with handy ID cards for their children. “Businesses and community members who’d like to get involved should feel free to contact us,” said Mike Mickle, Founder of the Healthy Happy Families Foundation. “We expect a big turn-out and like last time, it’s sure to be a lot of fun.”

The table for The Journey from Dude to Dad will be staffed by some of the dads who are now bloggers on the website at www.journey2dad.com. “The Journey from Dude to Dad has an important mission,” said Mickle, creator of the blog. “It provides guidance and support for dads with or without experience, dads who are terrified or ecstatic, dudes who are about to become a dad, dudes who someday want to be a dad, and more. Most importantly, we empower and educate in a fun way.”

The mission of the Healthy Happy Families Foundation is to strengthen families with a proactive approach, empowering children with good decision-making skills and parents with resources. The Healthy Happy Families Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) formed in 2016.

For more information on Healthy Happy Families Fun Day, contact Mike Mickle at (563) 940-7875 or mike@micklecommunications.com. Also, feel free to visit facebook.com/HealthyHappyFamiliesFoundation.

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Bettendorf Walk and Roll Event

The Bettendorf Walk and Roll event will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The event will start and finish at Whitey’s Ice Cream on Devil’s Glen Road/Middle Road. Parking is available in the lot behind Whitey’s. The event consists of a short family-oriented relaxed walk, run, or ride on the trails in Bettendorf. Walk and Roll event is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and getting a little exercise.

Free ice cream certificates will be distributed to the first 50 youth participants. The city will provide light refreshments at the end of the event.

The event is sponsored by the Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BBPC). This is a city-led committee of employees, business leaders, educators, and residents. The mission of BBPC is to promote and support a safe and active lifestyle for the community. As part of an effort to continue to expand usage of trails in Bettendorf, the committee is hosting Walk and Roll events and other similar events throughout the year.

Bettendorf was recently awarded a Bronze Level Designation by the League of American Cyclists.

For more information on BBPC and other activities, visit www.bettendorf.org/bbpc.

Registration for this event is not required.

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New Hours at the Colonel Davenport House

Starting for the 2017 season, the Colonel Davenport House is going to be open Wednesday to Saturday from 12-4 p.m., instead of Thursday to Sunday.  The house will open for the season on Wednesday, May 3.

 

“Visitor numbers have decreased since the Rock Island Arsenal implemented the new security measures,” said Judy Tumbleson, president of the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Board.  “The board felt that to be open Wednesday to Saturday would better coincide with the hours at the Arsenal Museum in order to have more opportunity for visitor crossover.” 

 

The Arsenal Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

 

Also due to the new housing construction on Arsenal Island, visitors need to take Davenport Drive from Rodman Avenue to get to the Colonel Davenport House.  There is a map on the website at www.davenporthouse.org.

 

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation.  All visitors must enter through the downtown Moline (Illinois) gate.  Visitors who do not have an approved Department of Defense ID card and are 18 years old or older must obtain a visitor pass at the Arsenal Visitor Center.  For more information, visit www.davenporthouse.org.

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IRS Info

The filing deadline for most individuals this year is April 18 so if you haven’t filed yet, you have one more week to do so.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service in St Louis reminds taxpayers that if you received unemployment benefits in 2016, those benefits may be taxable…

Devine also reminds taxpayers that certain cancelled debt may also be taxable…

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Grassley Introduces Bill For Rural Hospitals

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today continued his support of rural health care, introducing bipartisan legislation to permanently extend key Medicare rural hospital programs critical to five Iowa hospitals and many others around the country. 

 

“These programs bring a lot of value for rural residents and taxpayers,” Grassley said.  “Small, rural hospitals offer good quality health care at a cost that compares well with urban hospitals’ cost.  Congress should extend the programs that help keep the doors open for rural Medicare beneficiaries.”

 

The Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017, S. 872, would permanently extend the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) and Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) programs.  The Medicare Dependent Hospital designation helps rural hospitals that otherwise would struggle to maintain financial stability under Medicare’s fee schedule because of their small size and the large share of Medicare beneficiaries who make up their patient base.   Congress enacted payment modifications to help keep these hospitals open as a critical health care source for rural Medicare beneficiaries.  

 

There are currently 160 Medicare Dependent Hospitals in 30 states, including five in Iowa.   The Iowa hospitals are Keokuk Area Hospital, Skiff Medical Center (Newton), Spencer Municipal Hospital, Fort Madison Community Hospital and Lakes Regional Health Care (Spirit Lake).

 

The Low-Volume Hospital designation similarly offers hospitals that treat a low number of beneficiaries a payment formula that recognizes the fixed costs of treating these patients relative to the prospective payment system that favors high beneficiary volume. This funding is critical to the survival of these programs because they are frequently under financial stress due to their low volume in comparison to their urban counterparts.  There are 594 low-volume hospitals nationwide. 

 

Without an extension, these two programs will expire Oct. 1, 2017.  Medicare Dependent Hospitals and Low-Volume Hospitals are the safety net providers for rural Americans and are extremely important to the economy of rural areas.  In rural communities, hospitals are one of the biggest employers in the area. For the more than 1.3 million residents of rural Iowa, these hospitals help guarantee access to care and strengthen the economy.  These programs have helped end the cycle of hospital closures, Grassley said. 

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Iowa Men Set to Complete 99 County Journey

Two men, more than 2,700 miles and thousands of dollars for heart health - this week Daren Schumaker and Dennis Lee of Cedar Rapids will complete the journey of a lifetime.

The men will cross their final finish line in Delaware County as they conclude an 8-year quest to run a marathon in each Iowa county.

The pair started Team 99 Counties to raise money for the American Heart Association, a cause that Schumaker explains is close to their hearts.

"You only get one crack at this thing we call life," he states. "Heart disease is something that's impacted my family. It's literally something that I'll be running from my whole life."

The pair has faced rain, snow, heat, injury and mental defeat, but Lee says the support of family, friends, strangers and each other has kept them going.

"Only maybe one time we were crossing a county where we kind of were both down," he relates. "One of us is always picking the other up and have been able to get through some really tough times."

Team 99 wants to raise $25,000 for the American Heart Association in time for the Cedar Rapids Heart Walk in September.

Lee adds that while inspiring others to take an active role in their own health is a primary goal, he and Schumaker also hope to share just how much Iowa has to offer.

"When you're out running across each county there is so much in this state that people probably would never know, so many different things to see, there's amazing people everywhere," Lee points out. "This kind of thing probably only happens once in a lifetime if you're lucky."

Schumaker says he and Lee learned a lot about their own mental and physical capabilities. Their motto: "inspiration through perspiration."

"You do a marathon, that's a pretty big accomplishment," Schumaker states. "But you keep grinding your way through 99 of them and it just shows how much you can grow as a person. We are going to cry like little girls when we finish, so just be ready for that."

You can learn more or donate by searching for Team 99 Counties at linncountyheartwalk.org.

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Rock Island Man In Fatal Motorcycle Crash

On Saturday April the 8th of 2017 at 2:33pm, Henry County (IL) Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on the Orion Blacktop (County Highway 32) near 600 East.  A 46 year old Rock Island, Il Man, was westbound on the Orion Blacktop and lost control of his Harley Davidson Motorcycle at the first curve east of the I-74 overpass.  He was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was transported to Genesis Illini Hospital were his succumbed to his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Rock Island Coroners' Office.  The Identity of the deceased will be released by the Rock Island Coroner's office Pending family notification.   

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Info Technology Month

Governor Bruce Rauner declared April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois to celebrate the important work being done by IT professionals statewide and to encourage Illinois students to understand the growing opportunities in IT and the workforce.

The IT industry continues to grow at a rapid rate in Illinois, contributing an estimated 5.3 percent to the state’s economy, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The technology industry employs more than 234,000 in Illinois, with an average yearly salary of more than $95,000. Illinois expects to add another 30,000 tech jobs by 2025, making it necessary to continue to develop a pipeline of IT talent in the state.

Technology is a key aspect of Governor Rauner’s administration and was demonstrated by the establishment of the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) on January 25, 2016 through Executive Order 2016-01. DoIT provides an enterprise approach to IT services for the state and is focused on providing Illinois residents with improved interaction points for state information and services.

“We are committed to improving technology for the State of Illinois and have made great strides during our first year as an agency,” said Hardik Bhatt, DoIT Secretary Designate & Chief Digital Officer. “The most recent Digital States Survey from the Center for Digital Government recognized our progress by moving Illinois from the bottom fourth to the top third of all states for technology effectiveness and utilization in government.”

Illinois is commemorating Information Technology Month by hosting a month of activities, events and announcements. More specifics on the agency and events can be found at DoIT.illinois.gov.

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Gear Up Ride Smart

 With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up–Ride Smart” to ensure their safety before taking the first ride of the season. The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes by conducting pre-ride safety inspections of their equipment and refreshing their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT.

“Motorcycles are only on the road for part of the year, yet account for almost 14 percent of all traffic fatalities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “By choosing the proper safety equipment, performing routine safety checks and brushing up on their skills, riders can make 2017 safer for motorcycles.”

Proper protective gear is essential to safe riding. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear the right safety equipment and accessories, including high-visibility (Hi-Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet, at all times. Drinking alcohol and riding is to be avoided at all costs.

Illinois is one of two states that offer free motorcycle training classes to licensed residents. Since the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program began in 1976, more than 400,000 riders have learned the basics of motorcycle riding or taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about motorcycle safety.

The program is available throughout the state for all skill and experience levels. Classes teach riders how to safely operate a motorcycle and sharpen their knowledge and riding skills. The program is funded by Illinois motorcyclists through a portion of their license and registration fees. For more information, visit StartSeeingMotorcycles.org.

“Riding a motorcycle is a perishable skill, even for the most experienced riders,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “We strongly encourage all riders to attend a motorcycle safety course and take the necessary precautions to ensure they are visible to other motorists by wearing DOT-approved helmets and protective body wear, such as boots and gloves. Remember, alcohol and motorcycle riding do not mix. So, Gear Up–Ride Smart, and stay safe.”

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Home Fire Preparation

 The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging all Illinois households to take steps to prepare themselves in the case of a home fire incident. The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends having a working smoke alarm and a specific plan for your family in case of emergency.

 

“Planning and prevention are essential to saving lives in a fire incident,” says Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Because of the speed with which fire becomes uncontrollable, families should practice their response plan in advance and be prepared to implement it.”

 

Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and to have at least one on each floor of the home.

 

Because most house fires occur at night while residents are sleeping, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) suggests placing smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and on every level of the home. They also suggest keeping bedroom doors shut to prevent the spread of smoke and give residents just a few extra moments to escape a fire.

 

Other tips OSFM suggests:

· Fire alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced twice year at Daylight Savings.

· Families should discuss and practice escape plans in case of a fire.

· Include a meet-up place that is a safe distance away from the fire.

· Practice your plan at least twice a year both during the day and at night.

· Help young children become familiar with fire safety and prevention steps.

 

For more fire prevention tips, visit the USFA website. Materials for escape planning are available through NFPA.

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QC Heart Beats Health Fair

Dr. Param Puneet Singh will be the keynote speaker on April 28th at the 10th annual QC Heart Beats Health Fair.

 

There will be wellness and informational booths, including free screenings for body fat analysis, blood pressure, balance assessment, pulmonary screening, and more. There will be door prizes and snacks.

 

The fair is sponsored by Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department and the QC Heart Beats.  The event will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in the Larson Center at 855 Illini Drive, Silvis.  Dr. Singh will speak at noon.

 

For more information, call (309) 281-4290.

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Young Professionals to Showcase QC Community

 

Every summer, hundreds of college students receive a sampling of what life after college might be like as they take on summer internships. Young Professionals of the Quad Cities (YPQC) wants to make sure that these interns also experience the Quad Cities community during their summer stay, and they’re doing that through InternQC.

InternQC, which will kick-off on June 15, is a summer-long program hosted by the Quad Cities Chamber’s YPQC with the single aim to showcase the Quad Cities community to future workforce. Over 150 interns are already signed up for the 2017 program, and organizers expect it to be the largest program since the program’s inception. 

Area employers are encouraged to enroll their interns in the program.

“We want to roll out the red carpet for these interns,” says Greg Aguilar, Director, Workforce and Talent Attraction, Quad Cities Chamber. “Through InternQC, they make friends and experience the community in a way that enables them to envision what life and a career in the Quad Cities can be like.”

In 2016, more than 200 summer interns participated in the program. YPQC surveyed interns before and after the program to measure if perceptions of the Quad Cities by interns changed. Seventy percent of interns who participated in InternQC in 2016 reported they would be somewhat or very likely to look for a job in the Quad Cities after college graduation. Prior to taking part in InternQC, 60% indicated they would be somewhat or very likely to look for a job in the Quad Cities after graduation.

“One of the goals of Q2030, the region’s long term action plan, is to increase the percentage of young talent in the region,” Aguilar says. “This is one of the ways in which we are moving the needle to get and keep young people in the Quad Cities.”

Over the course of the program interns will attend events including a ballgame Modern Woodmen Park and a cruise on the Celebration Belle among others.

Now in its third year, InternQC continues to add new ways to welcome interns to the community. In 2017, InternQC will offer peer mentors to interns. Peer mentors serve as a resource to interns who may have questions about the community or need help finding certain services.

“We want to make sure interns feel at home here and recognize that this community has everything they might want and need to start their career and plant roots here,” Aguilar says.

InternQC kicks off on June 15. Cost to participate is $100 and includes entrance into all official InternQC events found at QuadCitiesChamber.com/InternQC. To enroll your interns, or for more information, contact Greg Aguilar at 563.322.1706.

The Quad Cities Chamber is a champion for business and community progress in the region. 

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Pinwheels for Prevention

Chief Paul Sikorski cordially invites you to Pinwheels for Prevention Event. This event will be held on Friday, April 7, 2016 at 9:00 am in front of the Davenport Police Department. The Davenport Police Department has partnered with the Child Abuse Council for this event which is free and open to the public. The blue pinwheel is a symbol of the healthy, happy, and full childhoods all children deserve. Throughout the region, child abuse agencies and their local partners will be hosting pinwheel gardens which will remain on display through the month of April. These gardens show the community that children are our future and that we support child abuse prevention.

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Pork Chop Dinner Tonight

Pork Chop Dinner & Pie Auction
Thursday, April 6, 4 - 7 pm

Milan American Legion 

Come out and join us for a delicious meal of grilled pork chop ($8) or hot dog ($5) meal deal, includes Kitchen Cooked chips, baked beans, applesauce, dessert and drink.  You can also bid on a pie to take home from the Silent Auction. Invite your friends! All proceeds support Rock Island County 4-H and Extension programs.  

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Organ Tissue Info

 

Secretary of State Jesse White announces a new ad campaign today featuring three recipients whose lives were saved because of the gift of organ/tissue donation.

 

“What if?” is the theme of the commercial,” White explained. “All of the organ recipients illustrate scenarios in which “What if” their donation had not occurred and how their lives would have been greatly affected. In this commercial, we see three scenes that would have played out very differently without organ donation.  There would have been potentially tragic results. The message is meaningful because organ/tissue donation gave them the gift of being here today.”

 

The first scenario features Jose Bentancourt and his daughter Jennifer Wojcik. Without a kidney transplant, Betancourt could have missed his daughter Jennifer’s wedding. In the second scenario, Micaela Prunty might have missed her first prom had she not received a liver transplant. And in the third, without a heart transplant, Gwendolyn Westlund could have missed the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. What if they had not received the donations they needed to continue living their life? The PSA encourages others to register to end the question of “What if?”

 

The commercial also features the Cubs game-ending play that earned them the 2016 World Series Championship. The song What If by Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik was donated and is featured in the spot.

 

April is National Donate Life Month. White will attend events throughout Illinois to encourage donation. Organizations will be working together to promote donor awareness throughout the state. Television and radio ads will air in English and Spanish statewide throughout the month. The spot will also be played on more than 450 movie screens throughout the state. 

 

Currently, there are more than 6.1 million people registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois. However, approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

 

In February, White initiated legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card.  White introduced legislation in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

 

“We encourage Illinoisans to join the Secretary of State’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry,” said White.  “One person can improve the quality of life for up to 25 people.”

 

Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at LifeGoesOn.com, 1-800-210-2106 or by visiting their local Driver Services facility.

 

During this month, libraries are distributing organ/tissue donor materials and hosting donor drives. Health fairs, schools, colleges and hospitals will also be hosting donor drives and featuring displays statewide. 

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QC Mallards Playoff Schedule Announced

The Quad City Mallards will open their best-of-seven first round ECHL Kelly Cup playoff series against the Fort Wayne Komets on the road on Friday, April 14 and will play game two at Allen Country War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 15 before returning home for game three on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:35 p.m. and game four on Friday, April 21 at 7:05 p.m., the Mallards announced today. 

If a fifth game is necessary, it will be played on Saturday night, April 22 at 7:05 p.m. at the iWireless Center. Should a sixth game be required, the series will shift back to Fort Wayne on Monday, April 24. If the series goes to a seventh game, the Komets would host the deciding contest on Wednesday, April 26.


ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs, Central Division Semifinals*
Quad City Mallards vs. Fort Wayne Komets 
Game One: Friday, April 14 @ Fort Wayne, 7:00 p.m.
Game Two: Saturday, April 15 @ Fort Wayne, 6:30 p.m.
Game Three: Wednesday, April 19 @ Quad City, 6:35 p.m.
Game Four: Friday, April 21 @ Quad City, 7:05 p.m.
Game Five: Saturday, April 22 @ Quad City, 7:05 p.m.**

Game Six: Monday, April 24 @ Fort Wayne, 6:30 p.m.**
Game Seven: Wednesday, April 26 @ Fort Wayne, 6:30 p.m.**

*- all times Central
**- if necessary

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Stolen Wheel Chair Lift Recovered Thanks to Media Coverage

The wheel chair lift believed to have been stolen from a Moline man has been recovered in Rock Island. Numerous Crime Stoppers tips led Rock Island Police to the location of the lift. It appears the lift separated from the vehicle sometime Saturday night while the vehicle was in the area of 7th Avenue and 17th Street Rock Island. It was not stolen from the vehicle as originally believed.

The media coverage of this incident is the sole reason Crime Stoppers received the number of tips they did. The numerous offers from so many to purchase a new lift and the many people who wanted to donate lifts from family members who had passed was touching and help to reaffirm the faith in the citizens Crime Stopper serve.

 

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 In a new low for thieves in our area a Moline military veteran is now dealing with a heartless thief and Moline Officers are on the hunt. Sometime between 5:30 PM on the Saturday the 1st of April and 4:00 AM on Sunday morning the 2nd a black KARMER brand wheel chair lift was stolen from the rear of a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer while it was backed into a driveway in the 2900 block of 11th Avenue Moline. The lift was bolted to the SUV’s hitch and the unit as a whole was not visible from the street. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cites is offering a large  reward for any information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for this. The Tip Line for Crime Stoppers is 309-762-9500.

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Extension Trip To Indiana


Join University of Illinois Extension on a bus trip to Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana, Saturday, April 22 (Depart from Milan, IL or Annawan, IL)
Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning! Explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.

A great place to CELEBRATE Earth Day! 
Fair Oaks Farms brings Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to a whole new light. Their entire facility runs on cow & pig manure. They transform farm waste into energy by way of anaerobic digesters and reduce dependency upon natural gas and electricity during the milk and manufacturing process.

The Dairy & WinField Crop Adventures  Upon arrival, we’ll hop on their “cow bus” to visit the freestall barns. Watch a "Day in the Life of Diva Mooreau" during a  3D/4D movie.  Witness the miracle of life in the Birthing Barn. Learn about the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition and the safety & nutrition of milk. For lunch, enjoy a delicious buffet at the Farmhouse Restaurant with its beautiful country views. At the WinField Crop Adventure, meet the farmers who grow your food and learn about high-tech farming tools. Find out how weather affects crop growth and catch virtual raindrops by witnessing a state-of-the-art thunderstorm from beneath the ground. We'll end the day at the Cowfé where you can purchase souvenirs, chocolates, cheese and ice cream!

What's included: Deluxe motorcoach transportation from UI Extension in Milan, IL (7 am) or Best Western, Annawan, IL (7:40 am), Group Tour Package, Lunch buffet in the Farmhouse. Cost for this tour is $75 person. Seating is limited, register early to guarantee a spot on this unique tour.  Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs.  Call Extension for more information at (309) 756-9978.   

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Health Department Offers Immunizations

     Officials at the Henry County Health Department are showcasing their many accomplishments in protecting our area citizens' health as a part of this year's National Public Health Week, April 3-9, 2017.  During National Public Health Week 2017, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.  Today the Health Department salutes the Department's Immunization Program services.

 

     Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child, a family, or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles can and do occur in this country.

 

     Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases.  Vaccine-preventable disease can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.

 

     Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases.  By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

 

     The Health Department Clinical services staff reminds area residents that immunizations can be obtained through the Health Departments' clinic offices in Kewanee and Colona by appointment.  For more information on the Health Departments' Immunization program call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) 792-4011(Colona) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com .  You can also Find us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter.

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IRS Says Beware Of Scam Artists

With the income tax season in full swing, many scam artists are posing as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to bilk you out of your hard earned money.

Unless you have an agreement in place with the IRS and have had ongoing correspondence, they will not call you in an attempt to make you pay money and instead, they will initiate correspondence through the U.S. Mail.

Michael Devine is with the IRS office in St Louis and he agrees that the scam artists will simply not give up…

Devine urges people to use caution if they get a call and says calm down and think the situation through because scam artists try to confuse people with intimidation and other tactics…

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Mendoza calls for apologies from Rauner, WGN host and Quad Cities paper

If you think Women's History Month would go out with a wimper in Illinois, think again. On Friday, Comptroller Susana Mendoza wasn't handing out awareness ribbons when she took on what she called "rape culture" language and other actions directed at her last week....

Mendoza is seeking an apology but she says that apology won't just be about one person...

Cochran has since apologized for the comment. 

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Gas Leak In Bettendorf

Belmont Road is closed from Pleasant Valley Schools Administration Center to the entrance to Scott Community College due to a gas leak at the college. Students are asked to enter off of Highway 67.

 

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LGBTQ Community Reeling from 2020 Census "Snub"

Some members of the LGBTQ community say they're feeling "erased" after learning that proposed questions about sexual orientation and gender identity were removed from a draft of the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau says the original document was submitted in error, and corrected the document by excluding a category that would've helped survey LGBTQ Americans.

The category also is excluded from the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey from the Census Bureau, says Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.

"Choices like this decision to not include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the American Community Survey or the Census, it just contributes to that stigma," she states. "It makes us feel invisible."

No past census has surveyed members of the LGBTQ community. A question on "relationship to householder" does give the Census the ability to track same sex marriages, although Maury says this only provides information about a small sliver of the community.

Maury stresses inclusion in the survey is an important blueprint for government agencies when distributing resources to specific communities. She cites one example of many as implementation of the Fair Housing Act and its nondiscrimination provision by HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"It needs to know how often LGBTQ folks are likely to be trying to access HUD programs and services, in order to have a better understanding of whether or not they should shift resources from one place to another," she explains.

Maury notes this isn't an isolated incident. She says the Department of Health and Human Services and HUD also have removed questions on sexual orientation and gender identity from some of their surveys.

The National LGBTQ Task Force, along with the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations have submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Commerce, which includes the Census Bureau, to find out how the agency came to this decision. Maury also wants Congress to look into it.

"We're hoping that our colleagues in the Congress will take us up on that request and hold an oversight hearing soon," she states.

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Equal Pay Day Observed in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - It might break rules of social etiquette to discuss salary and wages, but for Iowa women, it's a conversation worth having. Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the date marking how far into 2017 women have to work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2016.

In Iowa, full-time working women earn approximately 23 percent less than their male counterparts.

Lisa Maatz, the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the American Association of University Women, says while there are individual things women can do to empower themselves in the workplace, they are not to blame for the wage gap.

"Nobody in their right mind settles for less money, but you can't negotiate your way around discrimination," she said. "We have very systemic issues that have to be addressed. And all of this, quite frankly, is especially worse for women of color and even more difficult for moms."

Nationally, women are paid on average 20 percent less than men; Black women are paid 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid nearly half of what men make.

The federal Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, but Maatz contends that stronger legislation is needed to ensure there is equal pay for equal work. And she adds the country also needs to overcome some cultural stereotypes.

"Surprise, surprise: the work that is seen as men's work is paid a lot more even when it might not necessarily be that much more valuable," she added. "That's a comparable worth question quite frankly and I always go to the example of first-year teachers and first-year groundskeepers up in New York. The groundskeepers made more. Why did they? Because that was a boy's job."

The Iowa Equal Pay Act was passed in 2009 and it prohibits employers from discriminatory pay practices based on gender, pregnancy, religion, race, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Grassley Co-Sponsors Legislation

 In an effort to protect taxpayers, hold corporate wrongdoers accountable, and deter future fraud and abuse, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are introducing bipartisan legislation today to rescind tax write-offs for illegal corporate behavior.  The Government Settlement Transparency & Reform Act would close a loophole that has allowed some corporations to reap tax benefits from payments made to resolve allegations of illegal conduct.

 

Corporations accused of illegal activity routinely settle legal disputes with the government out of court because it allows both the company and the government to avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of going to trial.  A 2015 study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) showed that the largest corporate settlements over a single three-year period totaled nearly $80 billion, and corporations could claim business deductions for at least $48 billion of that amount.  Currently, there is no consistent, transparent way to track how these settlements can and will be treated by businesses for tax purposes.

 

Federal law prohibits companies from deducting public fines and penalties from their taxable income.  But under current law, companies may often write off any portion of a settlement that is not paid directly to the government as a penalty or fine for violation of the law.  This allows some companies to lower their tax bills by claiming settlement payments to non-federal entities as tax deductible business expenses. 

 

The Reed-Grassley bill would amend the tax code to require the government and the settling party to reach clear agreements on how settlement payments should be treated for tax purposes.  It also clarifies which settlement payments are punitive, and therefore non-deductible. It increases transparency by requiring the government to file a return at the time of settlement that accurately states the tax treatment of amounts to be paid by offending businesses. Last Congress, it was estimated that this legislation would raise $218 million in revenue over a ten-year budget window.

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Registration Begins Today At BHC


Registration begins today for summer and fall college-credit classes and summer Professional and Continuing Education classes at Black Hawk College.

 

Summer college-credit classes start Monday, June 5 and Monday, July 3 with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 21.

 

The summer and fall college-credit schedules are available at www.bhc.edu/schedules.

 

Because some classes fill quickly, students are encouraged to register early. New students are encouraged to work in person with a Black Hawk College advisor.

 

For more information about college-credit classes, call the Enrollment Services Office at the East Campus at 309-854-1703, or 800-233-5671, ext. 1703, or at the Quad-Cities Campus at 309-796-5300 or 800-334-1311, ext. 5300.

 

The summer Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) schedule is available at www.bhc.edu/pace. It includes youth camps and classes, short-term career programs, professional development, community education and online learning. PaCE has summer classes in East Moline, Geneseo, Kewanee, Moline and Rock Island.

 

For more information about Professional and Continuing Education programs, call 309-796-8223.

 

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Beach Boys To Play The Adler Theatre

The Beach Boys are coming to the Adler Theatre on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets ($65, $75, $95) will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and by phone at 800-745-3000.

 

About The Beach Boys

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.

 

Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. And now in 2013, their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified triple platinum with over three million in sales and climbing), and its companion The Warmth of the Sun marks a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.

 

Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.

 

Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.

 

Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, (Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs”), joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.

 

Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. It could have rested on the success of the epoch-shifting Pet Sounds masterpiece in 1966 . . . or after recording Love’s co-written Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” in 1988 and seeing it become its best-selling single ever . . . or after being inducted that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . . . or after watching its worldwide album sales blow past l00 million . . . or after winning the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 (along with The Who, Bob Marley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Les Paul). And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight.

 

In 2012, The Beach Boys scheduled a 74 concert date 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour, which ended in the U.S. on July 15 and internationally on September 28.  The original members reunited and released "That's Why God Made the Radio," the album debuted at # 3 on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone.

 

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

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Veteran Robbed of Wheel Chair Lift

In a new low for thieves in the Moline area, a Moline military veteran is now dealing with a heartless thief and Moline Officers are on the hunt.Sometime between 5:30 PM on the Saturday the 1st of April and 4:00 AM on Sunday morning the 2nd a black KARMER brand wheel chair lift was stolen from the rear of a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer while it was backed into a driveway in the 2900 block of 11th Avenue Moline.

The lift was bolted to the SUV’s hitch and the unit as a whole was not visible from the street. 

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cites is offering a large reward for any information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for this. The Tip Line for Crime Stoppers is 309-762-9500.
 

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City of Bettendorf Easter Schedule

City Hall will be closed on Friday, April 14.

* Friday's garbage, bulky waste, yard waste, and recycling will be collected on Friday, April 14.

* Transit will operate with regular hours on Friday.

* Life Fitness Center open 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, and closed on Sunday, April 16.

* Palmer Hills Golf Course open, weather permitting.

* Community Center closed on Friday and open on Saturday, April 15.

* Library will be open 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, open 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

* Family Museum open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday (no classes),9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday (no classes), and closed on Sunday.

Bettendorf’s Easter Egg Hunt

The 2017 Bettendorf Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at Crow Creek Park (soccer fields), 4800 Devils Glen Road. Kid’s games begin at noon and the egg hunt will start at 1:00 p.m.

Shuttle service will be available in the park beginning at noon near the skate park/playground area and near the main entrance to the dog park.

The Bettendorf Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the City of Bettendorf and Bettendorf First Assembly.

Rain date for the event is Saturday, April 15, same time and location.

For more information concerning the egg hunt, please call 563-355-2249.

Palmer Grill Easter Brunch Buffet

Enjoy Easter Brunch at Palmer Grill, located at Palmer Hills Golf Course, on Sunday April 16 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  

Menu items include Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, fresh fruit, biscuits & gravy, assorted pastries, hash brown potatoes, glazed ham, bbq and lemon pepper chicken, mixed vegetables, toss salad, and desserts. Bloody Mary and Mimosa special $3.00.  

Adults- $13.00.   Children- ages 12 & under $8.00.   Ages 1-5 are free.

Reservations are recommended.  Call 563-344-7169 to make reservations

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Grassley Sponsors Wall Street Oversight Legislation

 In an effort to protect investors and strengthen oversight and accountability of Wall Street, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ability to crack down on violations of securities laws. 

 

The Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act (SEC Penalties Act) of 2017 would update and strengthen the SEC’s civil penalties statute by increasing the statutory limits on civil monetary penalties, directly linking the size of these penalties to the scope of harm and associated investor losses, and substantially raising the financial stakes for repeat securities law violators.  The goal of this legislation is to create meaningful penalties to serve as an effective deterrent to crack down on fraud.

 

Under existing law, the SEC is constrained to penalizing violators in some cases to a maximum of $181,071  per offense and institutions to $905,353.  In other cases, the SEC may calculate penalties to equal the gross amount of ill-gotten gain, but only if the matter goes to federal court, not when the SEC handles a case administratively. 

 

This bill strives to make potential and current offenders think twice before engaging in misconduct by increasing the maximum civil monetary penalties permitted by statute, directly linking the size of the maximum penalties to the amount of losses suffered by victims of a violation, and substantially raising the financial stakes for repeat offenders of our nation's securities laws.

 

Specifically, the SEC Penalties Act increases the per-violation cap applicable to the most serious securities laws violations to $1 million per violation for individuals, and $10 million per violation for entities.  It would also triple the penalty cap for recidivists who have been held criminally or civilly liable for securities fraud within the preceding five years.  The agency would be able to assess these types of penalties in-house, and not just in federal court.

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